Wild Columbia County
Hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing in northwest Oregon’s hidden jewel
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Simple guides to Columbia County’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates
Stories from the field as we explore every last inch of the county
The only salamander that shares Columbia County’s namesake, the Columbia Torrent salamander, had never been officially recorded in the county and that just didn’t seem right. These “Torrents” were one of the first salamanders I ever searched for as their habitat niche is in the spray zones of the waterfalls I love. Years ago theContinue reading “The Elusive Columbia Torrent Salamander”
Rosey and I took little Sophia to the Ruley Trailhead for a 5-mile walk. The area has been transformed since the new trailhead was built, with restroom facilities, a bike-repair station, and both historical and natural history information. It’s a nice place to connect yourself to the history of the land and how it gotContinue reading “Family walk from Ruley Trailhead”
“I [s]lept but verry little last night for the noise Kept [up] dureing the whole of the night by the Swans, Geese, white and & Grey Brant Ducks &c. on a Small Sand Island … they were emensely noumerous, and their noise horid.” Diary entry of William Clark, 5 November 1805 Sauvie Island has longContinue reading “Winter stroll at Sauvie Island”
Do you ever see any frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, or snakes? Take a picture and then check out our iNaturalist herpetology project to see how to help track records of these creatures!
There isn’t any spot of land I care about more than the Liberty Hill bluff. Visit the Friends of Liberty Hill website or their Facebook page to learn about this unique meadow and what we can do to preserve it from destruction.
Jonathan grew up in St. Helens and has family in Yankton and Rainier. Matt grew up in Warren and currently lives in Scappoose. Jonathan’s wife Rosey and daughters Chhaya (less so) and Sophia (more so) join them on some of their adventures.